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Microsoft Urges Users to Uninstall Netscape 8 (as if that were surprising)



Microsoft Corp. is urging Windows XP users to uninstall the new Netscape 8 webbrowser because it can conflict with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Not surprisingly, Microsoft is claiming that the problem is with Netscape, rather than their own browser that invades the operating system like kudzu.

Update: [blogs.msdn.com/ie/] Their are 2 solutions given but #1 on the list is to uninstall Netscape

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Nittany Lions Roar at Microsoft Internet Explorer



Pennsylvania State University now urges all students to stop using Microsoft Internet Explorer and use an alternative web browser, such as Firefox, Opera, or Safari. This week the university, famous for its Nittany Lion mascot and graduates who seem to never forget their alma mater, took serious notice of the security issues caused by Microsoft’s flagship web browser and took the public step of recommending students use an alternative.

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New Netscape Browser Works Better With Websites Designed for Internet Explorer



Today may mark a watershed for web designers and users. America Online, Inc. released a preview version of its Netscape web browser. The new version is based on the open-source Firefox browser; however, it has a twist: it is designed to better display and interact with websites that are designed to specifically work with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser.

Because the new Netscape browsers uses a software engine that is built into Microsoft Windows, rather than into a separate application, the browser will only be released for Windows users, no Unix or Mac versions are planned. Users will have greater control over security details than if they were to use Microsoft’s browser; for example, pop-ups, cookies, ActiveX, JavaScript, and Java may each be individually tweaked for each website visited.

The new preview version is being released to a select group, and a public release is expected early next year.

Dave’s Comments
One of the difficulties I face, both in the office and at home, is dealing with websites that are designed around Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser and drop out when I visit them using Opera or Firefox. Maybe this new version of Netscape will balance IE’s popularity with sound security.

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References
Netscape Network


Bofra Worm Gets Past Antivirus Software



Users of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) are vulnerable to infection by the Bofra worm, downloaded through website banner ads.

The Bofra worm, previously described only as a variant of the MyDoom worm, takes advantage of the iFrame vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer; Microsoft has not yet been able to release a patch that repairs this security hole. According to SANS Internet Storm Center, sites in the U.K., the Netherlands and Sweden have been infected, including The Register, tech website. The Register advises users who visited the site between 6:00 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. GMT on Saturday November 20, 2004, to check their machines for possible infection by the Bofra worm.

Bofra Skirts Antivirus Software
The more significant problem is that the Bofra worm, which is a spyware application cannot be detected by most antivirus software applications. Repairing the effects of this worm are difficult and costly. The effect of the worm is so many popups and unwanted software installations that the computer will slow to a crawl and be, effectively, useless. Many users will be forced to rebuild their drives from scratch, starting with a reformatting and reinstallation of Windows.

Dave’s Opinion
Affected users who are fortunate to not lose all of their data files will do well to rebuild their computer and stop using Microsoft’s integrated web browser. Until Microsoft is able to take security seriously and create a stable, secure browsing platform, Windows users should move to alternative web browsers such as Firefox or Opera.

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References
SANS Internet Storm Center
The Register
Firefox
Opera
Message Center


Microsoft Sued Over Security Flaws



Marcy Levitas Hamilton, a media corporation CEO, has filed suit and is seeking to class action status for her complaint against Microsoft. Hamilton says that the software giant is responsible for a cracker’s being able to steal her Social Security number’s using a flaw in Microsoft’s software.

This is a new type of complaint: holding Microsoft legally responsible for the security of its applications and operating systems because the software maker’s disclaimers against responsibility for security flaws are an unfair business practice under the laws of California since consumers have few options other than using Microsoft products.

Dave’s Opinion
This is an interesting legal argument: should software makers be held to a standard of liability similar to the standards of other major industries.

Microsoft says that Hamilton’s law suit is misdirected because the theft is the work of vandals. But I think Microsoft is missing the point — it manages the only building in town and left the door open. Shouldn’t Microsoft, as the only landlord in town, be responsible to lock the door against the vandals?

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